IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City wrestling program ended speculation as to who their new head coach would be when it announced Brandon Day to fill the spot this past week.

He takes over the position from Tony D’Ambrosio, who resigned at the completion of the 2023-24 campaign.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Brandon Day as our new wrestling coach,” Imlay City Athletic Director Don Gauthier commented. “With his impressive record of success and commitment to fostering both athletic and personal growth we are confident he will lead our team to new heights,” he noted.

“His passion for the sport and dedication to nurturing talent align perfectly with our values and we look forward to the exciting journey under his leadership.”

Day, a 1998 graduate of Imlay City, brings an impressive coaching resume to the program. He has helped direct Richmond to state titles in 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017 as well as seconds in 2004, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

This past season Day coached the Oxford program.

Day looked ahead to his next coaching assignment.

“First off I want to thank Preston Treend and Brett Burg from Richmond,” Day commented. “Without their blessing this opportunity would not have been possible,” he noted.

“They understand that being coaches and educators means bringing opportunities to all kids for the betterment of society. I am thankful for them and appreciate their unselfishness. I also would like to thank coach Tony D’Ambrosio and Athletic Director Don Gauthier for being so welcoming and helpful.”

Day said he can’t wait for the 2024-25 campaign to begin.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to a program that was a huge part of my life as a kid,” Day commented. “My staff and I look forward to helping some great kids and families to make some lifelong memories,” he noted.

“We have much work to do if we want to get the program to the level we want it to be, but my staff and I are excited to get to work for the kids.”

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.